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Daughter forgives killer dad
As a child, Jasmeen Smith grew up oblivious to the fact that she was both motherless and the daughter of an alcoholic, drug-addicted murderer. But when she suddenly learnt the truth, she spiralled into a dark place of "anger, rage and bitterness".
Daughter forgives killer dad
Psychologist affirms Creation science is right thinking
Although Australian psychologist Nathan Marinau grew up in a Christian family and remembers giving his life to God at an early age; in his later teens, he became quite disillusioned with the church and what he understood of the Christian faith.
Psychologist affirms Creation science is right thinking
Finding destiny despite disabilities
Born blue through lack of oxygen, Mark Purnell suffered from dyslexia and autism and always struggled at school. He went to six different schools where he was constantly falling behind, bullied by other kids and labelled 'stupid' by the teachers.
Finding destiny despite disabilities
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 19)
The vet tells me my little dog, Carrie, is dying.
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 19)

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Tough foundations to withstand life’s storms
Obedience is a very unpopular concept these days. It sounds so, well, let's be honest, old-fashioned. And yet obedience to God's instructions in the Bible builds strong foundations. The sort of foundations we all need in our lives.
Tough foundations to withstand life’s storms
John 9:24-41 - Cured of being blind leads to trouble - Part 2
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John 9:24-41 - Cured of being blind leads to trouble - Part 2
Man of Steely resolve
Good looking, talented and popular, US footballer Landry Jones was living every teen's dream until, when he went to college, the emptiness underneath his "success" was revealed and he spiralled into depression.
Man of Steely resolve
Walking in his dad’s footsteps
Many preacher's kids (PKs) end up rebelling against their upbringing and leaving the church, but Malachi Cole was impacted by the integrity of his pastor father and soon wanted to follow him in the faith.
Walking in his dad’s footsteps
Gold is a problem for evolution
Long-age evolutionary ideas about Earth's origins posit that the planet was initially molten, therefore gold (and other heavy metals) should have sunk into the core at the time
Gold is a problem for evolution
Thief finds treasure in jail
Marwale Maleka was a thief who broke into houses and robbed businesses to support his heavy drug habit. He was addicted to all sorts of drugs, but mainly heroine.
Thief finds treasure in jail
What is there to live for?
Phides Sakala suffered the death of her twin sister and divorce from her abusive husband in the same year, which forced her to re-evaluate what she really had to live for.
What is there to live for?
Boyfriends do not get husband privileges
Boyfriends do not get husband privileges. Period.
Boyfriends do not get husband privileges
John 9:1-23 - Cured of being blind leads to trouble - Part 1
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John 9:1-23 - Cured of being blind leads to trouble - Part 1
Power-lifter’s remarkable strength
Australia’s own Southern Hemisphere 330kg bench-press record-holder
Power-lifter’s remarkable strength
Latin king bows to king of kings
Alberto Ruiz did drugs, hung out at nightclubs, and had a long string of criminal offences to his name. He was a part of the Latin Kings gang and, during his years as a member, he did time for a number of violent crime charges.
Latin king bows to king of kings
Quick flip turns magnetic field on its head
The earth's magnetic field could be reversed in as little as 100 years according to researchers who uncovered evidence for a 'recent' event.
Quick flip turns magnetic field on its head
All things made new
Alice Makilasa grew up in poverty and drowned her sense of fear and unfulfilment in alcohol. However, when her brother died in 1997, she heard a message of hope at his funeral, and found a new path for the future.
All things made new
Alles het nuut geword (Afrikaans)
Alice Makilasa het grootgeword in armoede en het haar vrese en onvervuldheid in alkohol probeer verswelg. Tog het sy, toe haar broer oorlede is in 1997, 'n boodskap van hoop by sy begrafnis gehoor.
Zenziwa busha zonke izinto (Zulu)
UAlice Makilasa wakhulela enhluphekweni, wazicwilisa otshwaleni ukubalekela ukwesaba nokunganeliseki. Kodwa uma eshonelwa umfowabo ngo 1997, wezwa umyalezo wethemba emngcwabeni_ wakhe, wathola indlela entsha yekusasa.
Passionate perseverance
When passionate evangelists Harold Peasley and Carl Carmody sat down to chat at a McDonalds on the Gold Coast of Australia in 1999 they could not have foreseen that 20 years later, Challenge Africa would publish its 100th edition.
Passionate perseverance


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OOPS! Mistakes can be serious
Of all the things we value, truth and certainty must take a prominent part. Trusting in something dodgy or untrue can have serious consequences.
OOPS! Mistakes can be serious
John 8:31-59 - Are family and national ancestry important?
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John 8:31-59 - Are family and national ancestry important?
Keeping your eyes on the prize
Aussie icon Cliffy Young epitomised a persistant endurance we would all do well to emulate.
Keeping your eyes on the prize
Are you missing your mum this mother’s day?
This Mother's Day will be the first for me since my mum passed away late last year and like many of you, for me it will be a poignant one.
Are you missing your mum this mother’s day?
Folk singer learns value of truth
Ellie Holcomb is an American folk-singer-songwriter whose music specialises in acoustic guitar and inspiring lyrics, which come straight from her own experiences with loss, disappointment, and fear of the unknown.
Folk singer learns value of truth
Music mogul meets his match
Ken Mansfield used to work with The Beatles. But years ago, he went from listening to John, Paul, George, and Ringo to reading about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Music mogul meets his match
Isn't Christianity just another religion?
Ever had someone say to you “No, I’m not religious, I’m a Christian” and not know what they meant? Isn’t Christianity a religion?
Isn't Christianity just another religion?
We can not have it both ways
We can't have it both ways.
We can not have it both ways
John 8:12-30 - Who is this man called Jesus?
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John 8:12-30 - Who is this man called Jesus?
Golf not a priority for Masters champion
Looking back at the miracle shot that won him the 2012 Golf Masters, Gerry Lester Watson wiped away tears at this year’s press conference as he shared about what he truly valued in life.
Golf not a priority for Masters champion
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 18)
My little dog, Carrie, made me very cross this last week. I opened the front door to get the mail and she dashed out, across the road to chase a cat, which isn't a problem, but then she refused to come back when I called her.
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 18)
Plant scientist knows the importance of strong roots
Dr Don Batten was for over 17 years a research scientist (plant physiology) with the Department of Agriculture in New South Wales, focussing on tropical plants. In 1994, he joined Creation Ministries International (CMI), and now serves as their managing director.
Plant scientist knows the importance of strong roots
Getting life yet finding life
Harold Brand has been in Angola Prison, Louisiana since 1994, having been arrested in 1991 at age 19, charged with second degree murder. He initially spent 2.5 years in a parish jail.
Getting life yet finding life

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